The Arc-Dane County – Board of Directors

Since our founding, The Arc-Dane County Board of Directors have worked to  ensure that our mission and vision are central to all strategic planning.  If you would like to speak to a board member or have interest in learning more about becoming a member of our board, please contact The Arc-Dane County at 608-833-1199 or email arcdanecounty@gmail.com

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Board President Sarah Barnes

Sarah is an attorney and trust officer with Bank of Sun Prairie where she handles trust and estate administration matters. She previously was in private practice, where she practiced in the areas of estate planning, probate, elder law, and frequently served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in guardianship matters.

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Board Vice-President Bob Ross

Bob has his Ph.D. Engineering Science. He is a long time employee of the USDFA Forrest Products Lab where his team tests any item made of wood in use. Bob has been an active member of The Arc-Dane County since 2001 and has been a loyal champion and friend to many self-advocates at The Arc-Dane County. 

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Board Treasurer Mike Walker

Michael is a qualified accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree from Western Governor’s University in Accounting and an Associates degree from Madison Area Technical College in Business Management. He is also an Accounting Team Lead at a local SaaS company.

Board Secretary Jill Garant

Jill is a mom of 2 great kids, one that has ADHD with sensor/anxiety issues and the other with anxiety issues.  I grew up on the East Side of Madison and graduated from LaFollette High School and went on to UW-Platteville and MATC to work towards earning my Accounting degree.  I work full time at Covance Laboratories in the Finance Department, just celebrated my 12th year with Covance.  I have been married to my husband, Josh, since October 2018 and we currently live in Baraboo, WI.  We just purchased our first home in November 2020 and are enjoying the benefits of owning a home and making it our own.

Board Member Meghan Teigen

Meghan is a partner with the law firm of Johnson Teigen, LLC, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, special needs planning, and probate and trust administration.

Board Member Brandon Tracy

Brandon Tracy, a martial artist for over 35 years, has worked along side of and taught individuals with special needs throughout his many years as a martial artist & volunteer in the greater Madison area. He has been teaching martial arts and self-defense professionally since 2002 and recently closed Infusion Martial Arts & Fitness to open Superhero-Martial Arts, a school solely dedicated to the promotion of self empowerment and life skills for individuals with special needs.

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Board Member Jack Yeary

Jack is a self-advocate who is employed full time for Walmart as a Cart Associate. He loves to go fishing and bowling. Jack also loves sports, and tries to watch as many baseball, football, and basketball games as he can.

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Board Member Morgan Strutt

Morgan is on of the board's self-advocate members.

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Board Member Alyson Eith

Alyson is a Speech-Language Pathologist who currently works as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Madison. Previously, she worked in school and community-based settings for 14 years with a diverse client population of children, adolescents, and adults.  

Board Member Josh Garant

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Honorary Board Member Ken Hobbs

Ken has served as President of The Arc-Dane County for the past six years. He is a former Arc-Dane County Executive Director from 2000-2007 and prior to that he was the Special Education Director in the Lake Mills, WI school district.

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Honorary Board Member Dan Remick 1948-2021

Dan was a self -advocate and  a member of The Arc-Dane County for many years. He served  as past President of People First of Dane County where he used his skills as a public speaker and activist for people with disabilities. 

He was a positive force, compassionate, and unselfish.  He regularly volunteered for any task needing attention—sorting fruit for the Fruit Sale, attending Board Meetings, working at our social events (Winter and Spring Balls, Halloween Party), and helping with the annual Awards Banquet.  

Dan was formally acknowledged for his contributions numerous times and was a well-recognized face in our community.

Several years ago, Dan received The Arc-Dane County’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award recognizes an individual who has shown their creativity, unselfishness, compassion, and cooperative attitude in seeking ways to make lasting contributions for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families.  Dan ideally personified these qualities.  

Dan served as a Board member for a wide array of organizations, including:  The Arc-Dane County, Arc Wisconsin, and People First Wisconsin (a statewide self-advocacy organization for people with disabilities--he served as their President).  He was invited to speak to many groups, and regularly testified on the behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families at Dane County Budget hearings and to local and State elected officials.  

It was a pleasure to work with Dan, and an honor to be considered his friend.  We spoke many times about many things—he was always positive, upbeat and a joy to be with.